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Super Play Magazine

Super Play (スーパープレィ) was a British Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) magazine which ran from November 1992 to September 1996.

Super Play covered in great detail the role-playing video game genre. Many of these games were never released officially in the UK or European games market, and therefore the magazine concentrated much effort in covering aspects of the American, and moreover the Japanese games markets.

It also featured in-depth, intelligent and passionate coverage of all aspects of gaming. Given the close ties between the world of Japanese console RPGs and animation, the magazine also heavily featured information about manga and anime by noted UK based writer, Helen McCarthy. It can be said that Super Play was one of the magazines that helped to push forward what was at the time a nascent market for anime in the UK. In this vein, the magazine itself was also notable as its cover illustrations (and many illustrations between the covers) were done in manga-influenced style by artist Wil Overton. Overton also caricatured many of the staff in chibi form, wearing various types of anime-related costumes - sci-fi armour, flying gear, RPG-style armour etc. The cover even had the name "Super Play" written in katakana.

The magazine was published monthly, and would regularly feature a monthly Fantasy Quest column about Japanese console RPGs in their native market. In the second half of the publication's life, there was a monthly Final Fantasy Forum dedicated to playing tips and secrets for Square games, even despite the fact that none of the Final Fantasy game series had been released in Europe at that point. Some of the most recognisable names on the Super Play writing staff were Matt Bielby, Tony Mott (former editor of Future Publishing stablemate Edge), Jason Brookes, Jonathan Davies and Zy Nicholson. The magazine was based in Bath, England and published by Future Publishing. Despite its fairly short run (47 issues, just short of 4 years, and a one-off "Gold" special in 1993), and many years since its demise, it still enjoys a fan following on the internet.

Its end came with the declining popularity of the SNES itself, both among games publishers and the game-buying public, as the Nintendo 64 was on the cusp of release, making way for the next generation of video game consoles. Super Play was succeeded in March 1997 by N64 Magazine, which was initially edited by Jonathan Davies with Wil Overton as Art Editor, and frequent contributions by former Super Play writers, although the magazine was much less focused on import gaming and RPGs than its forebear. N64 Magazine in turn was renamed NGC Magazine to coincide with the launch of the Nintendo GameCube, and after closure of NGC in 2006 the publication was relaunched as NGamer.

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Superplay - Issue 01 (1992-11)(Future Publishing)(GB)
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Superplay Gold (1993)(Future Publishing)(GB)
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Superplay - Issue 02 (1992-12)(Future Publishing)(GB)
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Superplay - Issue 08 (1993-06)(Future Publishing)(GB)
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Superplay - Issue 25 (1994-11)(Future Publishing)(GB)
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Superplay - Issue 03 (1993-01)(Future Publishing)(GB)
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Superplay - Issue 45 (1996-07)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: lor, snes, super, tor, swap, nintendo, mario, games, sim, adaptor, super play, swap lor, final...
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Superplay - Issue 47 (1996-09)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, snes, games, super play, nintendo, jap, fighter, iii, gameplay, hie, platform games
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Superplay - Issue 11 (1993-09)(Future Publishing)(GB)
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Superplay - Issue 30 (1995-04)(Future Publishing)(GB)
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Superplay - Issue 43 (1996-05)(Future Publishing)(GB)
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Superplay - Issue 15 (1994-01)(Future Publishing)(GB)
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Superplay - Issue 42 (1996-04)(Future Publishing)(GB)
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Superplay - Issue 26 (1994-12)(Future Publishing)(GB)
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Superplay - Issue 20 (1994-06)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, snes, nintendo, games, play, mega, jap, bul, game, super play, super nintendo, mega drive
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Superplay - Issue 46 (1996-08)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: nintendo, super, games, snes, gameplay, mario, playstation, play, thai, kart, super play, killer...
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Superplay - Issue 32 (1995-06)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, miyamoto, nintendo, snes, games, mora, nave, play, sony, super play, super nintendo, news...
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Superplay - Issue 33 (1995-07)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, nintendo, play, consoles, snes, game, sne, puyo, playstation, witb, super play, super...
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Superplay - Issue 04 (1993-02)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, nintendo, games, game, nes, usa, fighter, mario, snes, street fighter, famicom, super...
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Superplay - Issue 17 (1994-03)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, snes, games, nintendo, mario, guide, gaming, tor, tips, play, super play, super nintendo,...
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Superplay - Issue 13 (1993-11)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, games, mario, game, usa, iii, graphics, nintendo, bros, play, call jane, super play, action...
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Superplay - Issue 23 (1994-09)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, games, nintendo, game, nes, gamefreak, cartridge, monmouth, play, japanese, super play,...
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Superplay - Issue 31 (1995-05)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, turrican, game, racer, nintendo, ultra, gameplay, playstation, anime, snes, super play,...
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Superplay - Issue 06 (1993-04)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, snes, game, games, nintendo, mario, fighter, nes, consoles, super nintendo, best snes,...
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Superplay - Issue 05 (1993-03)(Future Publishing)(GB)
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Superplay - Issue 09 (1993-07)(Future Publishing)(GB)
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Superplay - Issue 27 (1995-01)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, nintendo, snes, kombat, calculus, mortal, game, jaguar, mail, games, super play, mail order,...
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Superplay - Issue 36 (1995-10)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, nintendo, manga, gameplay, games, graphics, sound, virtual, jfi, viacom, super play, sound...
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Superplay - Issue 38 (1995-12)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, games, snes, graphics, consoles, fifa, plasma, nintendo, superstar, fantasy, super play,...
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Superplay - Issue 28 (1995-02)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, snes, nintendo, games, samurai, lor, game, virtual, sega, playstation, super play, super...
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Superplay - Issue 19 (1994-05)(Future Publishing)(GB)
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Superplay - Issue 18 (1994-04)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, games, game, nintendo, snes, lor, ces, capcom, konami, super play, super nintendo
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Superplay - Issue 12 (1993-10)(Future Publishing)(GB)
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Superplay - Issue 21 (1994-07)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, snes, game, nintendo, play, games, nba, mbit, graphics, best, super play, street fighter,...
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Superplay - Issue 29 (1995-03)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, manga, wolverine, snes, nintendo, iii, playstation, anime, saturn, game, super play, kong...
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Superplay - Issue 10 (1993-08)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, nintendo, games, game, chicago, ces, snes, fighter, play, console, super play, super...
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Superplay - Issue 44 (1996-06)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, nintendo, snes, jap, quest, ecall, anime, evermore, instinct, jap ecall, super play, super...
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Superplay - Issue 40 (1996-02)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, nintendo, snes, ssue, games, ultra, console, manga, kong, quest, super play, win win,...
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Superplay - Issue 14 (1993-12)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, games, nintendo, snes, game, lor, mario, nes, ultimate, nba, super nintendo, super mario,...
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Superplay - Issue 16 (1994-02)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, nintendo, game, fighter, guide, games, snes, konami, mario, equinox, super play, street...
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Superplay - Issue 37 (1995-11)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, issue, games, consoles, snes, gameufe, kombat, manga, fifa, super play
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Superplay - Issue 24 (1994-10)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, games, latest, mortal, nintendo, game, kombat, doom, sale, atari, super play, mortal kombat
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Superplay - Issue 35 (1995-09)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, nintendo, gameplay, internet, snes, heatseeker, gamer, joypads, adventures, soccer, super...
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Superplay - Issue 07 (1993-05)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, games, nintendo, snes, game, japanese, lor, thai, cosmo, super nintendo, super play, street...
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Superplay - Issue 34 (1995-08)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, snes, gameplay, nintendo, heatseeker, graphics, password, wss, joypad, joypads, super play,...
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Superplay - Issue 41 (1996-03)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: snes, super, uia, fantasy, quest, games, lor, tbe, aib, super play
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Superplay - Issue 39 (1996-01)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, nintendo, videogame, backpack, ultra, game, gameplay, playstation, graphics, rocket, super...
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Superplay - Issue 22 (1994-08)(Future Publishing)(GB)
Topics: super, nintendo, snes, games, game, mbit, mortal, qameplay, battletoads, kombat, super nintendo